Don't Listen to the Radio
The Vines mark their return to the world of music with the release of their new album 'Vision Valley' on April 4th.The first single to be released off the album is "Don't Listen to the Radio" it's an anthemic slab of garage pop, cheery handclaps belying a mountain of guitar crunch and sweetly shredded vocals. Produced by Wayne Connolly (You Am I), Vision Valley takes honors as the album most likely to never see the light of day. But this blast of pure rock and roll is very real, and accompanied by a truly remarkable backstory.
By the time 2004's Winning Days was released Nicholls had begun to spiral out of control, coming to a head when he was charged with assault after an onstage incident at Sydney's Annandale Hotel, and resulting in the departure of bassist Patrick Matthews. Nicholls was soonafter diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome, a neurobiological disorder and form of autism. People with the condition are generally considered exceptionally intelligent, and often obsessively focus their attention on music or art, but have difficulty reading social situations and coping with change. Â This, everyone assumed, marked the end of the Vines.
Drummer Hamish Rosser and guitarist Ryan Griffiths stuck by Nicholls through this most difficult period, and by the spring of 2005 he'd worked up some new songs and it was time for the Vines to rise from the ashes.
With producer Wayne Connolly in tow, the trio recorded sessions at a variety of locations in Sydney and came away with an album that has seen the Vines come full circle. Â Starting over, they simply have nothing to lose. Â Â There are no splashy production values, famous studios or endless overdubs here. Â But there are 13 tremendous new songs that veer from gorgeous summer pop to blistering garage stomp to scattergun punk to epic psychedelia.
Craig is unable to tour or do much in the way of album promotion, thinks their music speaks for itself.Â To tap into its power all you have to do is listen.
Album Track listing:
The Vines, Vision Valley
2. Nothins Comin
3. Dandy Daze
4. Vision Valley
5. Don't Listen to the Radio
6. Gross Out
7. Take Me Back
8. Going Gone
9. Fuk Yeh
11. Dope Train
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